Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Manchester City [Premier league 2016/17

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Two goals in the first half were enough to see Spurs home against opponents who arrived with a perfect Premier League record this season


Tottenham turned on the style to end Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten start as Manchester City manager in a superb 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

City had won 10 and drawn one of their opening 11 competitive matches under Guardiola and another win would have seen the Catalan stand alone with the best start to a managerial career in the Premier League.

But Tottenham, who now stand as the only unbeaten side in the league, were rewarded for a sublime display in front of their home supporters, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men fully deserving of the three points for a slick and vibrant attacking display.

There were signs of City’s defensive frailties in the midweek 3-3 Champions League draw against Celtic and Aleksandar Kolarov – at fault for the Bhoys’ third on Wednesday – gifted Tottenham the opener with a woeful own goal.

It was 2-0 before the break when impressive duo Dele Alli and Son Heung-min combined brilliantly for the former to leave City facing an uphill task with a calm finish.

Tottenham had chances to make it three after the break and Erik Lamela missed a 65th-minute penalty, with regular taker Harry Kane still absent through injury.

Luckily for Spurs that did not prove costly and on this evidence Pochettino’s men, who are now just one point adrift of the league leaders, are very much contenders for the title.

David Silva could have put City into a fourth-minute lead had he made any contact at the near post from Jesus Navas’ low right-wing centre.


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